Aaron Woolf, a Congressional candidate (D-NY), while actively campaigning to raise the minimum wage, has admitted that he pays his employees in his Brooklyn eatery less than the minimum wage.
During this debate, Republican opponent Elise Stefanik was given the chance to ask a question and asked if Woolf knew the minimum wage in his state.
Stefanik: “My question will be to Aaron Woolf, and I would like to know, do you know the minimum wage for New York State, and do you know the minimum wage for your workers at the grocery store in Brooklyn?”
Woolf: “It’s $8 in New York State, and the workers that I pay at the grocery store in Brooklyn get $10 an hour.
Stefanik: “$10 is lower than the minimum wage. The minimum wage legally in New York City is $11.90, and Mayor Bill de Blasio just raised that to $13.13. So for the voters who are paying attention this evening… It’s very important when discussing the minimum wage that you have a basic understanding of policies.
So, as I’ve said, I’m open to raising the minimum wage, but for the record Aaron Woolf does not know what the minimum wage is for New York City and admits that he may pay lower than the minimum wage.”
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